There had been speculation Bugatti would follow the route other elite manufacturers are making their way toward with a hybrid powertrain, but it instead is more of the same.
Horsepower from the 8.0-liter, quad-turbo, W16 engine that in former configuration had pushed the quickest of the predecessor Veyron models to the 250-260 mph neighborhood has been increased to 1,500 with 1,180 pounds feet of torque between 2,000-6,000 rpm.
The powerband should feel quite electric, and it ought to for a starting price of €2.4 million euros ($2.6 million approximately before options).
Bugatti says 0-62 mph is achieved in 2.5 seconds, and top speed is limited to 261, but this vehicle is expected to make a run at the Guiness world production car speed record, held now by the Veyron.
The VW Group’s exclusive brand car’s engine at full chat can consume 60,000 liters of air, the automaker says, while omitting the amount of fuel it may also pull through its 32 fuel injectors.
But whether Bugatti had made a full hybrid or even plug-in hybrid powerplant may have been nearly besides the point. Just 500 units are projected to be built, and these vehicles are toys for very wealthy buyers who typically have multiple cars.
If it had gotten slightly better mpg or maybe a dozen miles of all-electric range, that would have been a token nod to efficiency, but with otherwise unbridled fuel-drinking potency intact, the Bugatti is not in danger of being very green.